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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #560 on: December 22, 2017, 10:27:44 PM »
I just wanted to wish everyone good luck with their lovely SWAP sewing.

Happy Sewing, Happy holidays, Merry Christmas & a Peaceful New Year.
 :-*  :-*  :-*

ditto from me!

 I am very sadly pulling out of SWAP participation, except as observer and cheerleader. Details on my personal SWAP thread.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #561 on: December 22, 2017, 11:38:32 PM »
Best Wishes bessiecrocker with looking after your health issues

And Happy Holidays to everyone !
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #562 on: December 23, 2017, 12:06:20 AM »
BessieCrocker, I hope you heal well and quickly and are sewing again before you know it.   

If my experience is any guide, you may enjoy the "slow sewing SWAP" just as much, as the satisfaction and pleasures of sewing to a plan get spread out over a much longer time frame.

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« Reply #563 on: December 23, 2017, 02:03:58 AM »
Being forced to withdraw from activities for any reason, let alone a health reason, is never fun.  bessiecrocker, I hope the next few months are easier than you expect and that you heal quickly - best of luck  :)
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #564 on: December 23, 2017, 04:13:12 AM »
bessiecrocker - I hope that you heal well and as quickly is consistent with good outcome... there will be time for sewing projects when you can manage them...

as for me and my SWAP plans, I am waiting to see how the actual membership requirements intersect with SWAP participation.  Irregardless, I will still be sewing, and still posting my activity on my blog.
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #565 on: December 23, 2017, 06:14:43 AM »

I live in northern Ontario on an island called Manitoulin.  (it's connected to land by a bridge and in the summer, a ferry)  It is lovely, especially in the summer.  But we are not the fashion mecca of Canada.  LOL

I think that I will most likely follow your example, Bev.  Try to just amp up my game a bit.  Focus on some nice tops and cardigans and some classier trousers.  That should get me started. 

Carmen

Carmen, I'm in the same boat in trying to upgrade my style as I contemplate participating in the SWAP. Since I lost 135 pounds last year, my wardrobe is currently almost totally jeans and T-shirts. I want nicer clothes, but am intimidated by starting from scratch fitting patterns, so SWAP will be a true challenge for me ...

And in a bit of a coincidence, my daughter-in-law is from Manitoulin Island's neighbor --Drummond Island. It's a beautiful part of the world.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #566 on: December 23, 2017, 07:01:16 AM »
I've just made a Liberty shirt that was part of my SWAP, have just realised it's not time to sew yet!  Ah well, it will either become my made before garment, or I'll sub something else in!
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #567 on: December 23, 2017, 02:59:53 PM »
Bessiecrocker, best wishes for the coming months. I hope you will find other interesting activities to pass through unpleasant times.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #568 on: December 23, 2017, 03:43:59 PM »
as for me and my SWAP plans, I am waiting to see how the actual membership requirements intersect with SWAP participation. 

Per DL:  The SWAP forum section will remain open to registered members, paid or not, for this current SWAP.



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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #569 on: December 24, 2017, 02:30:25 AM »
as for me and my SWAP plans, I am waiting to see how the actual membership requirements intersect with SWAP participation. 

Per DL:  The SWAP forum section will remain open to registered members, paid or not, for this current SWAP.

Fingers crossed that DragonLady can get that to work. This is a big distraction and possibly a disappointment for many.

Mudcat, I can imagine how you must feel. In January when we crashed it was heart breaking for me. There I was with my SWAP Coordinator Hat on and no SWAP to coordinate.  :'( We lost so much momentum and people from that major glitch that I admit I shed a tear or two. Hopefully DL can get this to work and those who can't or choose not to pay will still be here for SWAP this time. It is what brought a LOT of us here in the first place, including me. I registered originally the first day Stitcher's Guild existed, just for SWAP. I volunteered to be the SWAP Coordinator for 2017 because I love SWAP so much and it was a way for me to contribute to everyone here.

Meanwhile, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year everyone! Umm, May the Force Be With You as well.

Rene

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #570 on: December 24, 2017, 03:53:19 AM »
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who celebrate!

I hope to keep seeing everyone here for SWAP!

I'm Elephun on pretty much all of the sewing boards, and Pinterest. I'm SewElephun on Ravelry as there was already an Elephun by the time I got there. I'm mainly here, I check in on Pattern Review and The Sewing Place.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #571 on: December 24, 2017, 04:27:16 AM »
Elephun, I am glad that I will see you here.  Hopefully life will slow a little in 2018 and allow more time for here posting, as I have been derelict in my participation.   Plans for a specific sewing studio are in the making and that will bring me so much pleasure.

Everyone, I hope to see many of you here in the New Year!  I was a member of Sewing World, loved it, and foolishly thought it would be available  forever.  We, the members, were not given the opportunity to assist Sewing World to continue on and thrive.  Many wished they had been given the chance to participate in the decision for SW. We now, thanks to DL, have been given the chance to assist SG in staying alive, growing, and thriving.  She (SG and DL) deserve our positive attitude and support.

Merry Christmas to all and a blessed New Year!

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #572 on: December 24, 2017, 10:00:31 AM »
Two more days before 'proper' sewing starts.
Plenty of time still to make your pre-SWAP garment  ;D

Many very quick patterns.
Not time to get a tissue pattern delivered.  But the download Seamwork patterns are supposed to take less than 3 hours to sew, though they’re expensive if you’re not a subscriber.
https://www.seamwork.com/catalog
And most Simplicity - New Look patterns have a download option.  Ultra-speedy patterns listed here.
https://sewingplums.com/2016/11/19/speedy-patterns-to-make-in-half-a-day-or-less/

Have a Happy Holiday everyone.
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #573 on: December 24, 2017, 10:57:17 AM »
I wish a merry Christmas to all who celebrate and good vibes to the others  :-*
I decided not to participate in SWAP this year but I keep thinking that I might jump on the bandwagon up to late Feb, who knows ?  ;D Although THAT would be quite a challenge !
 

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #574 on: December 24, 2017, 02:50:47 PM »
Joyful Holidays to everyone here.  Two more sleeps to sewing time :D (although I have company on both the 26th and the 27th so my sewing time will be delayed slightly). 

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #575 on: December 24, 2017, 04:42:09 PM »
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We now, thanks to DL, have been given the chance to assist SG in staying alive, growing, and thriving.  She (SG and DL) deserve our positive attitude and support.

I completely agree!
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #576 on: December 24, 2017, 04:52:30 PM »
Hoping to get my pre-sewn garment done in the next few days.

I have a few quick TNT patterns in mind, but there is also last minute holiday sewing to be done!

Happy holidays, and happy New Year to all!
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #577 on: December 24, 2017, 05:23:37 PM »
I hope to spend at least half of today sewing up my black corduroy pinafore, which is already cut out and patiently waiting for me to be done with holiday preparations, and take some "me time" at the sewing machine... I might just go get things set up in the sewing space now, so I can make progress in bits and pieces, and hopefully get it finished before we all start SWAP on Boxing Day!

wishing everyone a most excellent Holiday Season, Merry Christmas, or simply a good time, choose whatever suits you!!
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #578 on: December 24, 2017, 07:11:11 PM »
I am going to try to get my black turtleneck cut out before sewing commences on the 26th. Although I didn't use it on my knit dress as I had planned, at least now I have the Style Arc Alexi pattern fitted and ready to go and the black knit is already prepped.

I am still not even sure I am going to complete this SWAP, but for now, Mudcat's great rules have really helped me plan how to use some of the stash.  Win win for me.

Happy Holidays to everyone.
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #579 on: December 24, 2017, 07:30:38 PM »
Only one sleep left on this side of the world!  It's Christmas day here!  Although I'm away for the next two days, so won't be sewing again until the 28th.

Merry Christmas everyone, may your seams be straight, your bobbins never run out, and your patterns all fit perfectly!
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« Reply #580 on: December 26, 2017, 08:28:40 AM »
Hurrah, first day of full-scope sewing !
Best Wishes to all of you who are starting on this sewing and wardrobing adventure.

And many thanks to Dragon Lady for all the huge amount of work she did during the last SWAP to rescue this site from all the server difficulties.  And this year to get the site more stable both technically and financially.  So SWAP can happily carry on.
This site gives so much pleasure, we are very lucky to have people who put so much effort into making sure it continues.
In the season of gift giving, Give Thanks for this generous gift from them to us.
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #581 on: December 26, 2017, 04:33:22 PM »
Yes, first day of SWAP! Unfortunately (Swap wise), I am away from home and can't start... but I know at least with what item I will begin- a navy shirt, made from viskose. That should be a versatile item and the pattern is a TNT. I had this in mind already for last years SWAP but the collection did not develop in that direction... this year I will start sewing blues.
So, happy sewing for those of you near a machine and with time on hand!
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #582 on: December 26, 2017, 10:31:46 PM »
Yeah, IndigoTiger on finishing your pinafore.  I wonder if the slight ripple will disappear after washing a couple of times?   

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« Reply #583 on: December 26, 2017, 10:35:03 PM »
Indigo Tiger, I think that I would test some top stitching on scraps before doing it on the pinafore. 

So, how many of you were able to get two garments completed? **the one prior to SWAP rule posting and the one after that was to be completed yesterday




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« Reply #584 on: December 27, 2017, 04:05:31 AM »
So, how many of you were able to get two garments completed? **the one prior to SWAP rule posting and the one after that was to be completed yesterday 

I did!  Although I actually have to choose between two tops for the garment completed between rules and the start date.  There are two contenders that were completed in that time frame, that both work in my SWAP.
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« Reply #585 on: December 27, 2017, 05:00:01 AM »
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So, how many of you were able to get two garments completed? **the one prior to SWAP rule posting and the one after that was to be completed yesterday
I did... my black corduroy pinafore was finished in the nick of time yesterday, and I plan on using my dark denim pinafore that I sewed last year as my "prior to SWAP rules" garment.
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« Reply #586 on: December 27, 2017, 05:56:37 AM »
So, how many of you were able to get two garments completed? **the one prior to SWAP rule posting and the one after that was to be completed yesterday

Not me!!! Downloaded the 2 PDF patterns I'm using mid December. First, yes, I'm using 2 patterns, and only two patterns. ;D I decided to live dangerously this time and when I say I'm simplifying my life in many ways, I am not kidding. However, the road to simplicity is not uncomplicated. First I realized I need to set up my printer which has been in it's box since January. (It was an early C'mas present for this year, and apparently we haven't needed to print anything for a while, so....) Need to move and rearrange stuff and furniture and that is/was progressing well, despite us both being sick a goodly part of December. Drat this head junk! This printer is a large format one so it won't work where the old printers have been forever.  But, then, we are also having some work done and they are ready to come do that, maybe next week. Yikes! That means other stuff that needs to be moved in other rooms takes a priority, between being too sick to do much of anything and outside events. Then Friday DH says, oh by the way, they can deliver the new refrigerator on the 29th. That means yet other furniture that needs to be moved, along with some of the stuff I'd already moved for better access to certain things. I feel like a pawn on a chess board!  ;D

I suppose I could use some existing me-made pants and a RTW item if push comes to shove. Also, the grand scheme in my head says I'm knitting a sweater as part of SWAP, and doing a crocheted scarf for the accessory. Y'all know I don't knit or crochet, correct?  ;D I will tame my knitting machine and make a cardigan. Yes, I will. And the crochet? I'm taking lessons starting first week of January. Have the patterns, have the yarn (maybe) and have the teacher and her accomplices ready and waiting.

My evil plan: I'm going to the Senior Center and having the Grannies teach me. Cool, right?  8) They are looking forward to it. Me too.

Congrats to those of you who sewed the last couple of weeks. I made 4 pillow cases and kept two of them for myself. Hehe.

Rene

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #587 on: December 27, 2017, 06:00:54 AM »
BTW, I believe my 2 PDF SWAP is simple enough that I can spend 2 to 3 months on the knitting and crochet and still get 10 garments sewn, easy peasy. And, I'll like and wear the results.  ;D

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #588 on: December 27, 2017, 10:45:25 AM »
Indigotiger - what a most attractive idea for a cardigan - I look forward to seeing the finished garment  ;D
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #589 on: December 27, 2017, 12:11:21 PM »
Mudcat, I did, my jacket and the knit dress.

 Good thing too as I need to finish (and actually start) some projects for others.  My niece wants a sweatshirt dress like the two of mine and a friend wants the folkwear cheesemaker shirt.  I still have to finish the sleeve hems on the drape neck cardigan I made for a friend.

Hopefully, as with garden girl's plan, most of mine will simple easy sews.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #590 on: December 27, 2017, 12:17:43 PM »
Good for those of you having garments already! Great way to start the 'sewing year'.
Indigotiger, what material do you take for your stamps? And how did you achieve the irregular amount of colour? I tried stamping fabric and was aiming for exactly that look, but didn't get it worked out.
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« Reply #591 on: December 27, 2017, 12:45:17 PM »
Garden Girl - can you tell us what your 2 pdf patterns are  ;D
and Good Luck for all your moving things around. . .
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #592 on: December 27, 2017, 03:52:00 PM »
I got absolutely nothing sewn in December, despite my hopes. Well, not SWAP sewing anyway.

Like Rene, I did get a PDF downloaded, and got 2 patterns for Xmas that may appear in SWAP.  Solidified a few plans in my head, with the addition of these patterns.

Congrats to those who did!
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Re: 2018 SWAP Chatter
« Reply #593 on: December 27, 2017, 04:36:54 PM »
Indigotiger, I like the jumper you made.  I would try top stitching on scraps if you really want it but it is possible that washing and hanging will take away the ripple without any other treatment.

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« Reply #594 on: December 27, 2017, 07:33:37 PM »
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Indigotiger, what material do you take for your stamps? And how did you achieve the irregular amount of colour? I tried stamping fabric and was aiming for exactly that look, but didn't get it worked out.
Perhaps my post was not very clear, but I did use stencils for the floral and geometric motifs on my future cardigan, not stamps or blocks. I do prefer block printing because it is eversomuch faster than stenciling, but for this project, where most of the fabric painted area ends up being cut away, and because the floral motifs I am using are rather large, I decided that stenciling made more sense. That would allow me to paint the areas around the edges, without wasting textile paint on the large parts to be cut away.

As far as the technique... I use a fine grained sponge for my "brush". I read somewhere that cosmetic sponges work well, but I have a few sponges salvaged from inside kitchen Dobie scrubbers that are just right. I read in an article in Threads years ago, about stenciling on fabric, that it is better to use an almost dry brush rather than a sopping with paint one, and to tap the painted end on a saucer a few times before applying it to the fabric, and if the first go round isn't as intense as desired, go over it a second time or more... that way you can get very even coverage without an airbrush. So that is what I do.  I cut my stencils from translucent mylar, which means that I can see through them well enough to be able to place my motifs where I want to in relation to each other, to get them evenly placed. One at a time I go round and round the edges of the design with my paint-sponge, gradually building up the paint until it is as heavy a layer as I want, which in this case is just enough to contrast well with the brown fabric. Since in this case I am not trying to paint in the whole stencil, it develops into a sort of shaded effect, which is what I think Morzel is asking about.
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